The Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the Faculty of Health Sciences of The University of Sydney (USYD) signed an agreement on June 28, 2017 to launch a study abroad programme which enables HKU Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) students articulate into USYD’s Master of Diagnostic Radiography (MDR), while credits earned in both universities will be recognised. Students can apply for practice in Hong Kong upon completion of both programmes and register as a Diagnostic Radiographer provided that all registration requirements are met as stipulated by the Hong Kong Supplementary Medical Professions Council.
About the programme
To make use of the extra year provided by the 3-3-4 system, the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of HKU has been enriching the curriculum design and providing multiple exchange pathways for undergraduate students to broaden their horizon with top-notch medical institutions around the world.
Starting from 2018/2019 academic year, HKU BBiomedSc students may opt to study the Year 1 courses of MDR in USYD on an elective mode, upon successful completion of the second year of the BBiomedSc curriculum. Credits obtained during the year of study in USYD can be transferred, subject to the relevant HKU regulations, for the purpose of fulfilling the credit requirements of the BBiomedSc programme. The students will return to HKU to complete the fourth (final) year of BBiomedSc study and be awarded the BBiomedSc qualification. They can then choose to continue with the remaining courses of MDR in USYD for 18 months and will be awarded the MDR qualification.
Up to 10 places will be provided annually to accommodate HKU BBiomedSc students in the programme. Students have to demonstrate good academic achievements and English language proficiency in order to be nominated for participation. They are also required to complete prerequisite courses in HKU to articulate into USYD’s MDR.
“Both HKU and USYD have long established history in higher education. This is an exceptional opportunity for both universities to establish mutually beneficial academic linkages.” Professor Lau Chak-sing, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) of Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, HKU said. “The study abroad programme offers a new pathway to students who aspire to be diagnostic radiographers. We are proactively exploring collaboration with world renowned universities overseas to offer students diverse articulation pathways for further study.”
“This is a very exciting initiative for the Faculty to be involved in. We welcome the contribution of our international students who give a unique perspective to the learning of their peers,” said Professor Kathryn Refshauge, Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences, USYD.
Tuition fee and scholarships
The Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of HKU encourages students to build interdisciplinary knowledge base and take part in different experiential learning experiences. A wide range of scholarships are available for students with different needs. Scholarships may be provided by the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of HKU to students successfully admitted to the MDR programme. Students who are awarded the highest amount of scholarship will only need to pay for an amount equivalent to the tuition fee of HKU, that is, HKD42,100.
About the MDR programme of USYD
Founded in 1850, USYD is the first university in Australia and is consistently ranked among the world’s leading universities. It ranked no. 50th in the 2018 QS World University Rankings.
The MDR programme of USYD is a graduate-entry programme in which students are required to have completed an undergraduate degree prior to entry. Apart from studying the core subjects on areas of diagnostic radiography, students will be assisted in achieving prescribed professional competencies through practical and theoretical skill acquisition and clinical practicum. MDR graduates are eligible for registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia, which is required to practice as a diagnostic radiographer in Australia.
Diagnostic radiographer in Hong Kong
BBiomedSc students who have successfully completed the MDR degree of USYD are also eligible for registration to practise in Hong Kong, subject to approval by the Hong Kong Supplementary Medical Professions Council.
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